High Notes, Vol 5 No 13, May 07 2004
From the Principal
Rugby at Trinity
Bright sunshine, lush fields and a swirling breeze made for a great season opener at Trinity Grammar School last Saturday. I was most impressed with the attitude shown by all teams. Our boys came to play, did not appear intimidated by their opponents, knew what to do and apparently enjoyed their rugby. There were at least 20 boys playing rugby for the first time. The games were well matched in the main. With so many novices we did not know how well our boys would go. By and large they exceeded our expectations. High teams won 6 of the 8 contests. The venue was very good and the hospitality friendly. We hope to make a fixture with Trinity one of our annual events from 2005.
The 2nd XV were enthusiastic in their strong win. In the 1st XV game a defensive lapse in the early minutes let in a soft Trinity try. Our boys recovered their composure and had the better of the rest of the half territorially, despite playing into the wind. A series of penalties to High late in the half resulted in sustained pressure being applied to the opposition line. Unfortunately, the boys went to oranges a converted try down. Two crucial errors at the opening of the second half lost us the momentum built up in the first. Nevertheless, the forwards kept working hard and some better tactical kicking into the leeward corner of the field led to a try. Late in the game a 17 all draw looked like a fair result, until Ben Mitchell pounced on a loose ball and ran like a centre for a try under the posts. The boys thought the game was won. In an extended second half, Trinity used the remaining time in a desperate bid for an equaliser. After a push over try that was converted with a good kick, a 24 all draw looked like a reasonable outcome. It wasn't to be. Another converted try by Trinity in the dying seconds of the game saw them snatch an unlikely victory. Our boys had a lot to be proud about. Three bad plays cost them a victory. For well over an hour they played strong rugby. I look forward to their next run against Cranbrook.
Staff Development Day
During the year, staff will be familiarising themselves with the 'metalanguage' of the model and investigating strategies that might be applied to their pedagogy. The model is at its most powerful when used as a rubric or template for teachers writing programs or units of work or in the daily process of devising lesson plans. The model does not proselytise but seeks to honour and build on existing practice. Our goal is to raise the quality of our teaching and learning incrementally as a result of understanding and then applying the model in our teaching methods.
Debating and Public Speaking
Important meeting: The Debating Supporters Group [DSG] meets this Tuesday, 11 May in the Common Room at 6.30pm.This meeting is vital for parents to attend to maximise the debating opportunities in the school.
Armidale trip: Any students who want to debate at Armidale [21-23 May] should see Mr Selway.
Social Debate: Friday 28 May vs. Trinity College. Coaches will select trial teams for this debating evening. There are social debates for four Friday nights in a row starting on 28 May this term.
All social debates this term are trial debates for the GPS season-the first seven Friday nights in Term 3.
N.B. : Any debater who is a candidate for the GPS teams MUST be available for ALL seven Friday
nights in Term 3.
Check my timetable on the website: http://neilwhitfield.tripod.com/tt.html. Remember that I am also in on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, so sometimes classes that appear on Tuesday or Friday may be visited on those days instead. These two extra half days give me more flexibility to attend to the needs of any students who may want to see me (seniors especially). Remember, if you feel your English language is costing you marks in any subject, I may be able to help.
Make use of the http://neilwhitfield.tripod.com/eslhelp.html "Twelve Steps to Better English page." You may find it solves your problems. This page is suitable for all students.
Now a couple of items I collected during the holidays, mainly for staff, interested parents and very advanced senior students.
http://education.guardian.co.uk/tefl/story/0,5500,1191127,00.html "Grammar should be a friend, not an enemy" in The Guardian (Thursday April 15, 2004) is not your average diatribe about the young not knowing Grammar, by which most often the complainant has in mind a finite number of parsing and analysis. Colin Hall and Mark Pegrum quote some alarming statistics on linguistic ignorance or naivety on the part of UK university students: for example, "Another clear advantage of English is to be found in the fact that 'we only have one word for thing[s].' It seems to have passed this observer by that - thanks to waves of invasion of England and subsequent waves of invasion by England of everywhere else - English has arguably the richest and most synonym-laden vocabulary of any language ...
"Students' needs are at least threefold. Firstly, they need to know what their choices are and the social consequences these entail. Secondly, they need some access to a literate version of the language in which they can attain an accuracy and clarity of expression that will afford them the chance of being taken seriously by a wider, educated audience, whether their views concur with or differ from those typical of dominant discourses. Thirdly, they need to understand the differences and valorise the richness of language used in other contexts, whether among the kids on the next block or in "txt msgng" and chatrooms. There is a place for difference and standardisation; for badges of identity and clarity of communication; and for choosing appropriate modes at appropriate moments..."
I recommend this next one for advanced students, or anyone who values language and thought:
"Battling the Six Evil Geniuses of Essay Writing" by Charles King, Georgetown University,
Boggabilla Cultural Exchange
SRC Cultural Exchange
23.05.04 to 28.05.04
In week 5 of this term our school will be hosting Boggabilla Central School in a cultural and social exchange. This follows the very successful visits last year where BCS students visited and attended the State of Origin Rugby League and on our visit we experienced life in a remote community.
Our school has undertaken to fund the newly created Creche at Boggabilla which has been formed so that former and current female students may return to school and TAFE once they have had children. Our role would be to fund certain utilities at the Creche. One of the first initiatives is to have a Mufti Day on next Wednesday May 12 where all students will contribute $2 for Mufti. The SRC will administer this day.
So two things are required almost immediately
Below is an anticipated itinerary for their visit that is very much subject to change.
Sunday 23 May
Monday 24 May
Desperately seeking tiles and crockery
A group of Year 11 Visual Arts students are in the process of developing a mosaic mural in the canteen courtyard. ANY tiles [whole/broken] or crockery that your family can part with would be very gratefully accepted.
Please bring to the Welfare Office as soon as possible.
With many thanks, J May
Year 8 Parent Meeting
All Year 8 Parents
are invited to hear
Mr Ockert -
Year 8 Advisor
speak to the Year 8 Parent Group
on Monday 24 May at 6:30pm
in the Staff Common Room.
For more info and to put items on the agenda contact
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Year 11 Parent Meeting
Ms Berger, who has recently taken over as Year Advisor for our boys during Years 11 and 12, has kindly agreed to an informal meeting with Year 11 parents on TUESDAY 18TH MAY at 6:30pm in THE COMMON ROOM
If you would like to come along please reply to Marilyn Mitttelheuser at
From the Rugby Master's desk:
The 2004 rugby season kicked off in fine fashion last Saturday with a new fixture against Trinity Grammar School at Trinity. Both schools were evenly matched across the grades and it appears that this fixture will become a regular part of our rugby calendar in the future.
There were many pleasing aspects to Saturday's games, as well as an unfortunate feeling of déjà vu.
The most pleasing aspect was the fact that High fielded 25 rugby debutants in the different grades. My congratulations go to them for taking that first step. Attila Szabo scored two tries on debut including the first "High" try for the season. In the 14s Lachlan Deacon also scored his maiden try. Hopefully other students will follow their lead and give rugby a go.
There has been talk of fielding a third team in some of the age groups. It would be a great achievement if we could field three teams in an age group for the season and something we are aiming for. It requires, however, 20 players/team making a commitment for the entire season. Recent history is against us in this regard as we have let down ourselves and our fellow GPS schools in the past by committing to a certain number of teams only to find we were unable to fulfil our commitments towards the end of the season. Having said that, a new season brings with it a renewed sense of optimism and we will endeavour to arrange preseason matches for any extra teams that may emerge.
For the record the results last Saturday against Trinity were:
In two weeks time, Saturday 15th May we have a bye and the Rugby Committee has arranged a family touch football and BBQ day to welcome the new parents and build on the High spirit so evident against Trinity. The day will go from 10am to 2pm, at McKay. A flier will be circulated this week to get an indication of the number of parents and players who will be attending. This will help with the organisation of the touch football and our catering needs. Please ask your son for the flier, complete the form and return it to his coach by next Saturday's game v. Cranbrook. I encourage everyone to come along and become part of the High rugby family. I look forward to seeing all our rugby parents on the 15th.
The 2004 rugby season brings with it a change in the McKay No1 playing schedule. Our 1st and 2nd grade soccer teams will be playing on McKay No1, after the 9am 15A match and prior to our 1st and 2nd grade rugby matches. This hopefully will give our senior soccer teams a better quality surface on which to play.
In light of the reorganisation needed to accommodate the switch from rugby to soccer and back to rugby, the need to keep rubbish off McKay No 1 and maintain the excellent surface that currently exists on McKay No 1 as well as improving the safety of spectators on the sidelines there will be a new requirement for spectators on McKay 1 to observe this year. Spectators will be requested to watch all matches on McKay No 1 from outside the post and rail fence. The only people allowed onto McKay No 1 will be the coach/coaches of the current match in progress, the nominated reserves (in playing gear), first aid officers, staff members of SBHS and the visiting school and match video staff.
Rugby Committee meeting summary
MIC Rugby, SBHS
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Cross Country Team
2004 School Cross Country Team
CHS Competition Eastern Suburbs Zone
25th May 2004